Let me qualify that from the outset by adding the following: Here in B.C.
Take for example this interview by the intrepid Sean Holman of Public Eye Online with New Democrat MLA and veteran spinner (in a former life she was a PR shill for the United Nations in Kosovo) Claire Trevena (North Island) about the party’s 2009 election platform.
“Well, we’ve got a document which is party policy…”
Great opening! Trevena explains how a commitment to development of a “new economy” crucially focused on “sustainability” — a nebulous, ill-defined concept — that was unanimously passed by NDP delegates at their convention two years ago, was quite inexplicably derailed. At the time, the notion was that all of the party’s policies henceforward opposing the province’s neo-liberal establishment based on its “new way of looking at things” as Trevena describes it, would be filtered through this lens of “sustainability” as it boldly and courageously blazed a “new way forward” toward a “new economy.” But then… uh-oh! The party executive kind of forgot about all that gaseous piffle its delegates approved and didn’t even bother including any mention of it the last election campaign. Oops!
But no worries, comrades! The NDP has now gotten with the program and presently has a brand spanking new resolution in the works to create a committee that will study the previous resolution from two years ago and report back to the executive body of the party at sometime before next summer about how the executive might move in some direction to positively implement its previously forgotten/ignored commitment… perhaps in the form of a binding resolution to enable the progressive incorporation of some affirmative proposals that could eventually lead to the development of a really keen and shiny sounding policy paper that may quite possibly, some day or another, at a point in time and in a form as yet to be fully decided upon and determined by the executive after appropriate deliberation following an extensive process of consultation with everyone and their dog, constitute a vital aspect of the party’s next election platform.